AHEC Regional Experiential Learning Examples

Milwaukee AHEC

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"Done in a Day" Program

Milwaukee AHEC will provide scholars with an opportunity to complete a “Done in a Day” designed to take students from the classroom to the community.  Experiential Learning opportunities will address specific city populations’ public health concerns that suffer from lack of access to affordable or effective care.  Students will visit host sites to learn about policy constraints, network with health care professionals & community leaders, and work in small groups to complete “Done in a Day” project.

The learning will take place in Milwaukee, Racine, and Waukesha Counties- 4 times a year. AHEC pays a small stipend to help defray mileage expenses but students.

All students will be expected to select one of 3 projects to complete as a small group in their “Done in a Day” experience before departing their community-based site. This experience is the chance to be creative in developing skills as a practicing professional, as well as producing a product that can be shown to academic reviewers and potential employers. It is also a chance to leave a lasting mark on the community visited.   Students will be “Done in a Day” but their impact could be for a lifetime.

"Done in a Day" Projects

Students select one of the following projects:

  • IPE Case Study Review
  • Policy Brief
  • Health Literate Messaging

Public Health Topics Addressed:  mental health, oral health, environmental health, domestic violence, infant mortality, opiate crisis, food deserts, and lack of access to integrated medicine. 

North Central AHEC

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Clinical Hours

Students may count clinical hours towards the 40 hour experiential training requirement. For more information contact Nicole Thill, nthill@nahec-wi.org.

Coalition Involvement

Do you currently serve on a coalition, or are you considering getting involved with one? Contact Nicole Thill, nthill@nahec-wi.org for more information on how to count these hours towards the community-based, experiential learning requirement.

Community Connections Team

The Marshfield Clinic Community Connections Team (CCT) helps connect clinic patients to community services that can help them get and stay healthy, like food, energy assistance, housing, and transportation. The Community Connections Team volunteer acts as a community health worker, and works directly with patients to determine their needs and connect them to resources and/or services within the community.

This opportunity is available in Marshfield, Stevens Point, Eau Claire, and Chippewa Falls (one additional site location coming soon).  Interested students must be willing to commit to one, 2-3 hour shift per week, and commit to at least 2 semesters.  Students will learn about health equity through direct patient contact and may also be connected to potential employment opportunities at Marshfield Clinic upon graduation.

This experience meets 40+ hours of experiential learning.

For more information please visit: http://communityconnectionsteam.org/

Community Events, Trainings, and Conferences

Students are able to obtain experiential learning credit for participating in local events, trainings, and conference. Contact Nicole Thill at nthill@nahec-wi.org for more information and for pre-approval.

Community Health Internship Program (CHIP)

Interested in an intensive summer experience in community health? Work for a public health department, community health organization, or community health center to develop a project and benefit from mentoring by agency staff. This paid placement is 8 weeks during June and July. Students receive a $2400 stipend, and may also be eligible for reimbursable mileage or housing costs up to $750. 40+ hours.

For more information: https://ahec.wisc.edu/chip/

Cultural Immersion Experience on the Aging Population & their Healthcare Needs

Students will learn about specific health issues facing an older population, what happens to our bodies as we age, common health issues, mental health concerns, and disabilities, including a live Dementia Simulation.

Cultural Immersion Experience on Veterans & their Healthcare Needs

Students will receive an experiential learning experience focused on Veterans and their healthcare needs. Students will learn about Veterans’ reintegration, common health issues, PTSD, Sexual Trauma, and the difference is the health system that provides care to them.

Cultural Immersion Experience within the Plain Community

Students will learn about Amish and Mennonite culture, specific health issues they face, how social inequalities and cultural beliefs limit access to receiving care, and the differences in rural health care and fee-for-service care.

Job Shadowing

Studying to enter the healthcare workforce? Are you still looking for the perfect job or specialization? Gain experiential hours by shadowing a professional of your choice. For more information contact Nicole Thill, nthill@nahec-wi.org.

Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition

Teams will have two months to work together on a case study and submit their entry prior to the competition event. Each team will conduct an analysis of interprofessional efforts during the care of a patient/client. At the end of the process, your team will present your findings to a panel of judges representing various disciplines in the community of Wisconsin’s healthcare professionals. Participation in the Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition meets the full, 40 hour community-based, experiential learning requirement for the year.

For more information: https://ahec.wisc.edu/ahec-for-students/ip-case-competition/

Interprofessional Village

Interested in networking with a wide variety of healthcare professionals from various backgrounds and settings across the state? Interprofessional Village table hosts will share their experience, insight, role, ethics, and aspects of interprofessional teamwork as related to their own discipline. The ‘IP Village’ runs concurrently with AHEC’s statewide team-based Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition. Students are welcome to join for the full day to watch the student presentations.

PATCH (Providers and Teens Communicating for Health) Workshops

Confidentiality. Mandated Reporting. Health care…There’s so much to know and to learn! Research reveals an array of communication barriers, stigmas, and gaps in training that interfere with the ability of health care professionals and teens to talk openly and honestly about sensitive health topics. PATCH is an innovative, teen-delivered educational workshop that equips health professionals (and future health professionals) to ensure an environment that prioritizes teens.

PULSE Healthcare Careers Camp Counselor

The Pulse Camp is a 3-day, residential camp for northern Wisconsin high school students. Students travel to different communities exploring rural healthcare careers. The counselor positions serve as mentors and supervisors to the campers. Counselors are required to stay on the premises with the campers.

Volunteer Experiences

Various volunteer experiences will be offered to students throughout the course of the year to count towards the experiential learning requirement. Students may also get pre-approval for other volunteer opportunities that may be of interest. Please contact Nicole Thill at nthill@nahec-wi.org for more information.

Wisconsin Express

This program gives health professions students a unique opportunity to become immersed in Wisconsin’s diverse communities and cultures, while they explore health care delivery and public health in medically underserved areas, learning with and from students in other disciplines. This week-long program is held annually in mid-May or during Spring Break. The Wisconsin Express program meets the full, 40 hour community-based, experiential learning requirement for the year.

For more information: https://ahec.wisc.edu/ahec-for-students/wisconsin-express/

Northeastern AHEC

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Hmong Culture Immersion

Northeastern AHEC will provide students with an immersion opportunity to explore issues facing rural communities with an emphasis on Hmong cultural. Students will enjoy a rich cultural experience gaining first-hand knowledge of Hmong history and cultural beliefs.

Diverse Cultures of Green Bay

Northeastern AHEC will provide an opportunity for students to examine the diverse cultures which include the Native American’s of the Oneida Nation and the Spanish speaking communities local to Green Bay. Students will also get first-hand experience with uninsured, underinsured, and homeless populations.

Emerging Health Care Issues

Northeastern AHEC will provide an immersion opportunity where students will examine emerging health care issues that are affecting communities in the northeastern region. Students will learn about topics such as human trafficking, mental health and prescription drug use and abuse.

This immersion opportunity sponsored by Northeastern AHEC brings together students from different academic disciplines for a hands-on interprofessional educational experience. Selected students will have the opportunity to go through multiple case scenarios to learn and practice the four core competencies of interprofessional education, collaboration and practice.

Northwestern AHEC

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Community Health Internship (CHIP)

Interested in an intensive summer experience in community health? Work for a public health department, community health organization, or community health center to develop a project and benefit from mentoring by agency staff. This paid placement is 8 weeks during June and July. Students receive a $2400 stipend, and may also be eligible for reimbursable mileage or housing costs up to $750. 40+ hours.

For more information: https://ahec.wisc.edu/chip/

Counselor for The Pulse Healthcare Career Experience

The Pulse is a 4-day experience for high school students from St. Croix County which explores healthcare careers and the academic paths to the careers. The counselor positions serve as youth mentors and assist with other program logistics.

(Approximately 36 hours)

Counselor for The Pulse Healthcare Careers CAMP

The Pulse Camp is a 3 day, residential camp in the city of Rhinelander for high school students from northern Wisconsin. During the program students travel to different communities exploring rural healthcare careers. The counselor position serve as mentors and supervisors to the campers. Counselors are required to stay on the premises with the campers.

(Approximately 36-40 hours)

Interprofessional Case Competition

Teams will have two months to work together on a case study and submit their entry prior to the competition event. Each team will conduct an analysis of interprofessional efforts during the care of a patient/client. At the end of the process, your team will present your findings to a panel of judges representing various disciplines in the community of Wisconsin’s healthcare professionals. Participation in the Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition meets the full, 40 hour community-based, experiential learning requirement for the year.

For more information: https://ahec.wisc.edu/ahec-for-students/ip-case-competition/

Interprofessional Team-based Case Study Workshops

This exercise will gather Scholars to work in inter-professional groups to review, discuss, and ‘solve’ extensive individual, or community-based healthcare issues and/or challenges.

(Approximately 2-6 hours)

Mental Health First Aid Course

Coordinated by Indianhead Community Action Agency, this course will train participants on the signs, symptoms and strategies to identify and assist individuals with mental health illnesses.

(Approximately 8 hours)

Poverty Simulation

Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you’ve experienced poverty, it’s difficult to truly understand. This simulation bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty.

(2-3 hours)

Regional Training Hosted by Local Healthcare Providers

NWAHEC will cover the entry fee for Scholars wanting to participate in local workshops, community training, and speakers that are coordinated and hosted by local healthcare providers.

Wisconsin Express

This program gives health professions students a unique opportunity to become immersed in Wisconsin’s diverse communities and cultures, while they explore health care delivery and public health in medically underserved areas, learning with and from students in other disciplines. This week-long program is held annually in mid-May or during Spring Break. The Wisconsin Express program meets the full, 40 hour community-based, experiential learning requirement for the year.

For more information: https://ahec.wisc.edu/ahec-for-students/wisconsin-express/

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) Professional Development Conferences

WITC offers opportunities for professionals and students to enhance their knowledge from some of the regions leaders and professionals from the healthcare industry.

(6-8 hours)

Workshops Available

  • Career Consulting: 90 minutes
    • Discussions from the Hiring Committee
    • Wouldn’t you love to hear what the hiring committee is saying about your resume or interview? After hiring and training staff for over a decade, the NWAHEC Director will let you in on the secrets. This presentation will prepare job and career seekers and for every step  of the job process so you can hear the words “when can you start?”

 

  • Resume Development and Consulting: 90-120 minutes
    • Is there such thing as a perfect resume? Not necessarily, but discover what employers are looking for on your application materials so you can submit a dynamite resume.

 

  • Interviewing Skills and Techniques: 60-90 minutes
    • Interviewing is stressful. Wouldn’t you love to know what they are really thinking about you? This workshop will identify sound strategies that will impress the hiring committee.

Northern Highland AHEC

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Community Events, Trainings and Conferences

Students are able to obtain experiential learning credit for participating in local events.  Seek approval for individual events by contacting Northern Highland AHEC at gkell@wnhahec.org.  Hours vary.

Community Health Internship Program (CHIP)

Interested in an intensive summer experience in community health? Work for a public health department, community health organization, or community health center to develop a project and benefit from mentoring by agency staff. This paid placement is 8 weeks during June and July. Students receive a $2400 stipend, and may also be eligible for reimbursable mileage or housing costs up to $750. 40+ hours.

For more information: https://ahec.wisc.edu/chip/

Counselor for The Pulse Healthcare Careers CAMP

The Pulse Camp is a 3-day, residential camp in the city of Rhinelander (within the Northern Highland region) for northern Wisconsin high school students. Students travel to different communities exploring rural healthcare careers. The counselor positions serve as mentors and supervisors to the campers. Counselors are required to stay on the premises with the campers. 40+ hours.

Direct Caregivers Conference

Learn about and with direct care workers making a difference on the front lines of health care.  Self-care, mental health, long-term care, leadership and skills training topics covered.  Not a direct caregiver yourself?  No problem!  Count this as an interprofessional experience and learn through the lens of your colleagues. 8 hours.

Indigenous Cultural Competency

Learn culturally responsive practices and increase your understanding of Wisconsin Native American history and culture through this immersion experience in rural northeastern Wisconsin.  Visit a tribal health center to learn about how you can contribute towards improving the health and well-being of indigenous people. 6-8 hours.

Interprofessional Health Care Case Competition

Teams will have two months to work together on a case study and submit their entry prior to the competition event. Each team will conduct an analysis of interprofessional efforts during the care of a patient/client. At the end of the process, your team will present your findings to a panel of judges representing various disciplines in the community of Wisconsin’s healthcare professionals. Participation in the Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition meets the full, 40 hour community-based, experiential learning requirement for the year.

For more information: https://ahec.wisc.edu/ahec-for-students/ip-case-competition/

Job Shadowing

Studying to enter the healthcare workforce? Are you still looking for the perfect job or specialization? Gain experiential hours by shadowing a professional of your choice.  Submit your hours for credit. Each verified hour is counted.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training and Mental Health First Aid

QPR programming seeks to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us – learn how to help. 2 Hours.

Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based program that teaches individuals how to help those experiencing mental health challenges or crises. Mental Health First Aid participants gain knowledge of risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns. Learn strategies to help individuals in both crisis and non-crisis situations. 4 hours.

Regional Coalitions

Healthy Minds Lincoln County

To get involved contact Kristin Bath, Public Health Educator, at 715-539-1373 or kbath@co.lincoln.wi.us


Northwoods COPE Coalition

Community, outreach, prevention and education.  Contact Jenny Chiamulera at 715-369-6111 or jchiamulera@co.oneida.wi.us


Northwoods Coalition

Diverse community coalitions working together to promote effective substance abuse prevention through: networking, advocacy, mentoring, and leadership.  [Click here] to apply to become a member.


Community Action Team

Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans, Shawano, Teresa Juga: teresa.juga@mohican.com


Community Coalition of Forest County

Sokaogon Chippewa Community/Forest County Potawatomi Tribe, Jacee Anderson: janderson@co.forest.wi.us


Florence County AODA & Mental Health Coalition

Annette Seibold: aseibold@co.florence.wi.us


Healthier Community Action Team

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Vilas County, Brian Gauthier: brian.gauthier@ces.uwex.edu


Oskeh Waep

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Menominee County, Ronald Bowan, Jr.:

rgbowan@mitw.org


Minobimaadiziiwin Coalition

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Vilas County, Sue Wolfe: sue.wolfe@ldfschool.org


Mole Lake Coalition

Sokaogon Chippewa Community, Forest County, Deb Hilgart: debra.hilgart@scc-nsn.gov


Netaenawemakanak Coalition

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Menominee County, Ron Bowan, Jr.: gbowan@mitw.org


Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition

Florence/Forest/Lincoln/Oneida/Price/Vilas Counties, Maria Otterholt: motterholt@co.oneida.wi.us


Price County AODA/Mental Health Coalition, Susie Daniels: susie.daniels@co.price.wi.us


Tribal State Collaboration for Positive Change

Includes all 11 Tribes, Forest County, Linda Daniels: ldaniels@pchclinic.com


Vilas County Youth Coalition, Inc.

Sharon Krause: sharon.krause@ces.uwex.edu


Action Alliance (Langlade)

Stephanie Thiede: SThiede@co.langlade.wi.us


WR Native Youth Prevention

Ho-Chunk Nation, Jessica McMillan: jessica.mcmillan@wrps.net

Social Determinants of Health Interprofessional Education Session

Work together with students from different health professions programs to explore a rural community’s priority health challenges and develop a team-based approach to improving community health. Expect to gain an understanding of the social determinants of health and how public health departments work towards improving community health on a big scale! 6-8 hours.

Wisconsin Express

This program gives health professions students a unique opportunity to become immersed in Wisconsin’s diverse communities and cultures, while they explore health care delivery and public health in medically underserved areas, learning with and from students in other disciplines. This week-long program is held annually in mid-May or during Spring Break. The Wisconsin Express program meets the full, 40 hour community-based, experiential learning requirement for the year.

For more information: https://ahec.wisc.edu/ahec-for-students/wisconsin-express/

Volunteer Experiences

Do you serve on a community coalition?  Are you a Board Director of a non-profit organization?  Contact Gail Kell at gkell@wnhahec.org to find out how these experiences can count towards your experiential learning hours.

Scenic Rivers AHEC

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Alzheimer’s/Dementia Behavioral Health Simulation

Experience living with dementia first hand. Explore the myths and facts around the various stages of dementia including Alzheimer’s. Be able to examine the challenges and opportunities healthcare professionals face in this and other behavioral health areas.

Interprofessional Workshop

Learn with, from, and about your health professions colleagues through patient case exploration. Delve into the contributions and compliments of multiple health professionals to the care of patients.

Rural Health Tour

Visit multiple rural sites throughout the region that are delivering healthcare. See rural healthcare up close and personal, by engaging directly with healthcare professionals, administration, and community members.

Emergency Response/Simulation

Participate in a hands-on emergency response drills with practicing professionals.  See what happens in the field and how it relates to patient care in the emergency room and beyond.  

South Central AHEC

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Community-Based Training Option 1

The South Central region offers AHEC Scholars students a community based training opportunity that includes a full day of engaging with the regions community based organizations that are responding to the health needs, or social determinants of health, of the underserved.   Students will tour and participate in hands on learning activities at a variety of organizations including the Health Department, the federally qualified health center, and the local anti-poverty organization.

Community-Based Training Option 2

The South Central region offers AHEC Scholars students a community based training opportunity that includes a full day participating in a local Emergency Response Day in a rural community. Students will engage with local emergency response organizations to learn emergency response challenges unique to rural and underserved communities. Students will engage in hands on learning activities that include inter-professional concepts in response to major crisis situations.